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The Real Genius of Love Island Is Its Money-Making App

Love Island—the reality show stuffed with six-packs, sunscreen, fake tans, and pearly white teeth—is back! WIRED UK. The series, which returned to screens for a winter edition last Sunday, has been a smash hit, crossing international borders and being referenced on other shows including Orange is the New Black and Euphoria. But there’s an aspect to the show’s success that no one is talking about—Love Island has been revolutionizing the television business through its money-making app. Since 2017, the Love Island fan companion app has generated over £12 million in…

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Aaron Hernandez: how did a $40m NFL star become a convicted killer?

In a Netflix docuseries, the shocking true story of a much-loved athlete convicted of first-degree murder is placed under the microscope Even by the standards of Americas obsession with stories of spectacular falls from grace, the trajectory of Aaron Hernandez, a star New England Patriots football player turned convicted murderer, was particularly steep and unusually compelling a senseless, horrific collapse unfolding in real time. Three years before fake news became an ominous catch-all, Hernandezs summer 2013 arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd at his mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts…

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Streaming: all eyes on the Netflix crown

Apple TV+, Britbox and the long-awaited Disney+ are circling, but one streaming giant continues to reign supreme Last year was transitional for the streaming scene, at least in the UK: the promised avalanche of major new outlets to dent mixed reviews, punched through into public consciousness, while Apples plans to take on Netflix in the prestige film stakes got off to dropped from thewarily regarded in some quarters. Why pay a monthly subscription for the free-to-air content covered by my licence fee, runs the argument not helped by a The…

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The decade that broke me! Could anyone keep up with TV’s golden age?

Forget prestige television the real glory days were back when there was nothing on. No wonder people fib constantly about what they watch. Heres how to do it convincingly Speaking as someone who writes about television for a living, the 2010s have absolutely broken me. It all used to be so simple. There were five channels, three of them good, and you watched whatever they decided to show you. It didnt matter if it was rubbish, either. Soap operas. Game shows. So many documentaries about the British Transport Police youd…

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Moral of the story: 2019’s boldest culture asked what it means to be good

At a time when deceit is trumping decency, artists from Kanye West to Greta Gerwig and Phoebe Waller-Bridge have taken it upon themselves to pose questions about virtue and privilege In Little Women, a haughty publisher dismisses Jo Marchs stories as unfashionable. Morals dont sell nowadays, he tells the aspiring author. People want to be amused, not preached at. Hopefully the statute of limitations has expired on spoiling a 151-year-old story: March an avatar for her creator, Louisa May Alcott proves him wrong. As has Gerwig, reviving Little Women in…

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Clive James remembered by John Simpson

The BBC world affairs editor on a charismatic wit and gifted poet who elevated British life with his televisual panache He came into my life in the same way, I imagine, as he came into everyone elses: with a joke and a certain amount of bounce, but also with a degree of authority that meant you took him seriously, even while you were laughing. Jesus, what do you do here put on Wagner? It was Clives, and my, last year at Cambridge University, and I was living in a medieval…

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Yael Stone on a year of growth: Im actively trying to be more like me

In the past 18 months the actor has become a student, a mother and a more mindful public voice Sitting at a picnic table in the sun, Yael Stone, 34, is unrecognisable from the Betty-Bo cute character she played for seven years on defamation action against News Corp. In doing so, she became the highest-profile voice in Australias troubled #MeToo movement. After time off after Stones Instagram from the past to the present and you can see an evolution taking place. If you look at the narrative of my social…

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The NXIVM Sex Cult Gets the Lifetime Movie Treatment

The chilling story of network of sex slaves, hidden behind the front of a self-help program called NXIVM, is the latest sensational crime story to get the Lifetime movie treatment. Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mothers Fight to Save Her Daughter, which premiered on Saturday, follows the true story of 80s soap with the New York Times. Raniere, 58, was Smallville actress Allison Mack (Sara Fletcher), whom India immediately and excitedly recognizes. Mack takes a particular interest in India, exploiting the young womans vulnerability. To the dismay of Catherine, India…

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El Camino: is the Breaking Bad movie worth the wait? Discuss with spoilers

The long-awaited return of Jesse Pinkman has landed on Netflix, along with some other surprise characters The past weekend saw the much-anticipated release of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix. As we knew from strong reviews, one talking point that keeps popping up is the notion that since it doesnt throw any big twists our way, or even really expand on what we probably surmised at the end of the original series re Jesses fate, the film is somehow unnecessary. Even without diving into a larger discussion about…

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All hail Tina Fey: the funniest comic of the 21st century

From skewering Sarah Palin to handing us Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, here are 10 of the SNL legends most hilarious moments A nice girl with an anarchic bent and a tongue as sharp as a boning knife, Saturday Night Live), network comedy (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), while writing Jimmy Fallon, the goofy little brother to her sardonic big sister, then with The 2004 movie, which Fey blithely adapted into Alec Baldwins Jack Donaghy. For Fey at her neurotic, lemon-scented best, try the second-season episode Sandwich Day, which shows her…

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Queen Olivia Colman, an epic budget and a cast of thousands: a year behind the scenes on The Crown

With its 50m budget, army of experts and Oscar-winning Queen, The Crown is gearing up for another blockbuster season Watching a days filming for the new season of The Crown, I had the dizzying impression that organising a shoot of Winston Churchills state funeral must have been only marginally less complex than organising Winston Churchills state funeral. On a sunny September day last year there was a cast of 300, many of them in full military costume, and a crew of 250. The congregation was issued with perfect facsimiles of…

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The Notorious Pornographer Who Scandalized Japan

Netflixs latest the first-person POV shot. He rose to prominence at a time in Japan when censorship laws were strict and real sex was unheard of Japanese interpretation of Breaking Bad. (At one point, a character says, Soon, porn will make more money than meth.) Much of the action revolves around Muranishi and Toshi building up their entourage, sparring with competing porn distributor Ikezawa (Ryo Ishibashi), conspiring with a mob boss, and dodging the cops. It is also beautifully shot throughouta fantasia of neon signs, shadowy karaoke bars, and colorful…

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Four Weddings and a Funeral review is it a remake? I hadn’t noticed

A 10-part series loosely based on the 1994 romcom plays more like an easily digestible greatest hits collection of Working Titles back catalogue In these reboot/remake/remix-heavy times, theres something bizarre and inevitable about Mindy Kaling reworking Four Weddings and a Funeral as a 10-part series for Hulu. Its as MadLibs as anything else weve seen commissioned of late, whether it be a 007-lite action show. It never ends, and its with a certain sense of exhaustion that one approaches another one of these Frankenshows, conjured into being via what sounds…

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